September 2022 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Glitzy lanterns and fiery dragons: The Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations are Here...

Events may be cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns Hong Kong

The scorching heat and hummidity of the summer months are receding and cooler days are ahead as September 2022 welcomes a host of fantastic events and festivals.

Front and center are the preparations for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations with the myriad of colorful lanterns which start popping up all over the territory and the fantastic fire dragon parades in Tai Hang. It has been touch and go with the Coronavirus measures all throughout the year, and even though we seem to be turning the page once again, social distancing precautions and other measures may be placed at the last minute and it's better to check status of all events shortly before for any changes in schedules or venues.

Highlight Celebrations and Events in September 2022

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This September 2022

Tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.

It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations

Lantern Carnival in Victoria Park

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park

Victoria Park Lantern Carnival

This is the all-in-one mega event that offers fantastic lantern displays, a full cultural programme, and a Fire Dragon Dance Parade.

The cultural programs include kung fu demonstrations, folk songs and dance shows, acrobatics, Chinese folk arts and crafts demonstrations, etc.

When?: September 10, 2022
Youth Night: n/a
Lantern Displays from September 7 - 12, 2022, light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Where?: Victoria Park
How Much?: Free

Mid-Autumn Lantern Exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns by the Clocktower in Tsim Sha Tsui

Bright and colorful lantern displays pop up in Tsim Sha Tsui along the promenade area.

This is a fairly easy spot to pop in for visitors as it's just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station.

This is one of the longest running lantern displays during the celebration.

When?: TBA From early September, lit from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Cultural Centre Piazza near the Clocktower
How Much?: Free

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parades

Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang Causeway Bay

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade is another example of Hong Kong's traditional culture and a main part of the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This is a fantastic tradition and one you should not miss. You can take part and experience as the 67-metre Fire Dragon winds through the streets of Tai Hang, like it did over a century ago... It's an amazing sight with over 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots and lots of firecrackers!

When?: September 9 - 11, 2022 - approx. 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Where?: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.
How Much?: Free

Saikung Dragon Boat Festival

Saikung Dragon Boat Races

The races are in the morning, in the afternoon there is a festival in town. Saikung is in the New Territories and offers a nice day out to sample some great fresh local seafood.

When?: September 18, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to approx. 1:30 p.m.

Where?: Saikung Town Waterfront.

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Sai Kung is a great and lively fishing village worth visiting festival or not with a bustling Promenade and colorful Floating Market. Here's more on Sai Kung and how to get there.

The Big Eight Dinosaur Revelation Exhibition

Big Eight Dinosaur Revelation Exhibition

This is a large-scale dinosaur exhibition showcasing eight original specimens of the most iconic fossil skeletons together for the first time: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Hesperosaurus, Diplodocus, Hatzegopteryx and a baby sauropod. These specimens are extremely rare and have a high level of completeness.

This exhibition is one of the celebration events of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of HKSAR and sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

When?: July 18 to November 16, 2022
Where?: Hong Kong Science Museum
How Much?: General admission Adults HK20, Concessionary HK10, Full-Time Students FREE

The 2022 Macau International Fireworks Contest - POSTPONED

Macau Firworks

Just next door in Macau... Six evenings of mesmerizing fireworks and music extravaganzas!!! Fireworks displays can be some of the most sensational spectacles one can witness, imagine the best of the best in the world battling it out on a competition that encompasses six evenings of stunning lights and sounds, with international teams competing for the coveted trophy.

Two teams participate each evening, each performance lasts approximately 18 minutes.

When?: 2022 Fireworks Contest POSTPONED

Where?: Sea area in front of the Macau Tower.

A Fireworks Carnival will be held every fireworks evening next to the Macau Tower from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The Carnival will be a confluence of delicacies, performances and games, enriching the event with more fantastic experiences.

How Much?: FREE!

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Hong Kong Disneyland Haunted Halloween Celebrations

Disneyland Halloween pumpkins

What?: Trick or Treating with Mickey and the gang, Halloween parade, haunted mansions, creepy surprises!
When?: Late/Mid-September through October 31, 2022, some events run Thursday through Sunday only.
Opening hours are normally extended to 11pm on weekends during this period.
Where?: Throughout the park
How Much? Included with park admission

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Horse Racing Season 2022-23 starts this month!

Happy Valley Horse Races

The horse races in Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience not to be missed!

The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.

The Happy Valley race course is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially at night when the city is illuminated.

At this time, due to the ongoing Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with special arrangements that have been made for race meetings at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin. RESERVATIONS must be made in advance by booking at any one of the course venues and following the prescribed measures including scanning of the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR Code. The measures might vary depending on restrictions and curfews in effect at a particular race day. Here are the latest arrangements.

Season opener at Sha Tin and Happy Valley TBA.

When?: Happy Valley Night Races on Wednesday Nights. On race day, first race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m. The races are done by 11:00 p.m.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
How Much? Depends, there are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10. The "All inclusive VIP tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.

Ongoing Hong Kong Events

These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!

These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:

The Symphony of Lights

HK Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.

The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront. This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts about 12 minutes.

When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free

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